The Sun Is My Compass

seascape sunset reflection photofool

To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude. — Jeanne Moreau

Surfing through my photo archives again … Photographically speaking, the summer months are my least productive months.

This is one of those shots where reverse ND grads would come in handy. A 3 stops Daryl Benson Reverse ND grad is on my list of filters to purchase this winter. For this shot, I wanted to retain the sun’s highlight; thus I decided to keep the sun in check and let the sky be much darker than in real life.

I did create another version where the sky was much brighter to depict a more realistic capture of the scene, but I felt that the bright sky dominated the viewer’s attention. With a brighter sky and foreground, the stone and the sun got lost in the brilliance of the clouds and their reflections. Thus I decided to post this darker version where I get the vignetting effect without introducing artificial vignetting.